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Rossetti, Christina. (1830 - 1894).

W o r k

- uses a distinctively female voice, opposes the conventional representation of women in the Pre-Raphaelite art (“In An Artist’s Studio”)

- combines sensuousness and her religious severity in ‘an aesthetics of renunciation’ = a poetry of negation, denials, and constraints

- reduces the self with a coy playfulness and sardonic wit x but: preserves for it a secret inner space (“Winter: My Secret”)

Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862):

> “Goblin Market”:

- a seemingly simple moral fable x but: in a deceptively simple style

- accumulative in imagery, restless in rhythm, both rhymed and half-rhymed

- embroiders the spiritual message with the Romantic element of strangeness

- concerned with temptation, sin, and redemption by suffering

- climax: goblins force Lizzie to eat their seductive fruit, not from the Tree of Knowledge, but from an orchard of sensual delights, she resists

Sing Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (1872):

- rhymes of direct simplicity, for children

The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems (1866):

- poems of alliteration and assonance

> “The Prince’s Progress”:

- an allegory of the unhappy uncertainty of emotional commitment

A Pageant and Other Poems (1881)


"When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me; / Plant thou no roses at my head, / Nor shady cypress tree: / Be the green grass above me / With showers and dewdrops wet; / And if thou wilt, remember, / And if thou wilt, forget."

"Song: When I am dead" (1862).


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Christina Georgina Rossetti. (1830 - 1894). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Author of Goblin Market (1862).
  • Genres

    Romanticism. Children's poetry. Devotional poetry. Personal poetry. Verse fable. Allegory.


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